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The overgrown entrance to No. 12 Group RAF Fighter Command's Second World War operations bunker. RAF Fighter Command Group 12 Watnall Bunker (4).jpg
The overgrown entrance to No. 12 Group RAF Fighter Command's Second World War operations bunker.

Watnall railway station was a station serving the village of Watnall in Nottinghamshire, England. The station opened in 1882 and closed in 1917 [1] It was sited at the eastern end of the railway cutting used to provide the Midland Railway with a route through to Kimberley.

Watnall village in United Kingdom

Watnall is an area of settlement in Nottinghamshire, England. It is part of Greasley civil parish, and is located one mile north of Kimberley. It is in the Nuthall West and Greasley (Watnall) ward of Broxtowe Council. The village is barely separated from Nuthall. Watnall Hall was built c.1690 and demolished in 1962. Even though only a village, Watnall is home to many businesses and organisations, such as British Bakeries and the Nottingham meteorological centre. There are three World War II bunkers in Watnall that served as Royal Air Force Fighter Command for the Midlands.

Nottinghamshire County of England

Nottinghamshire is a county in the East Midlands region of England, bordering South Yorkshire to the north-west, Lincolnshire to the east, Leicestershire to the south, and Derbyshire to the west. The traditional county town is Nottingham, though the county council is based in West Bridgford in the borough of Rushcliffe, at a site facing Nottingham over the River Trent.

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

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The cutting still exists although it is heavily overgrown. Remnants of the platform can be found beneath the undergrowth but the buildings are no longer in existence. A bunker was built on this site for RAF Watnall during the Second World War and used as an operations centre for No. 12 Group RAF. The headquarters moved to RAF Newton in 1946 but the bunker remained in use for the duration of the ROTOR program and was mothballed in 1961. The bunker was used as a rifle range by the Awsworth - Kimberley and District Rifle Club. [2]

RAF Watnall

RAF Watnall was the operational headquarters of No. 12 Group, RAF Fighter Command in Nottinghamshire.

World War II 1939–1945 global war

World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. A state of total war emerged, directly involving more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. The major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease, and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.

No. 12 Group RAF military unit

No. 12 Group of the Royal Air Force was a command organization that existed over two separate periods, namely the end of World War I when it had a training function and from just prior to World War II until the early 1960s when it was tasked with an air defence role.

In May 2010, local police discovered a large cannabis factory inside the bunker. [3]

Former services
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Basford   MR Basford to Bennerley Junction branch   Kimberley West

See also

Kimberley East railway station

Kimberley East Railway Station was a station serving the town of Kimberley in Nottinghamshire, England.

Kimberley West railway station

Kimberley West railway station was a station serving the town of Kimberley in Nottinghamshire, England.

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  1. http://www.forgottenrelics.co.uk/routes/bennerley.html
  2. Lee, J.M.,. A Brief History of Watnall.
  3. "Cannabis farm in Watnall WWII bunker". Eastwood & Kimberley Advertiser. 6 May 2010. Retrieved 22 August 2011.

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Coordinates: 53°00′12″N1°14′50″W / 53.0033°N 1.2472°W / 53.0033; -1.2472

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